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Jonathan Martin ‘genuinely scared’ of what Richie Incognito might do to him

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The situation with Jonathan Martin and the Miami Dolphins does not look like it will be ending any time too soon.

Martin, a 2012 second-round pick, left the team last week following a prank pulled on him in the cafeteria. That prank seemed to be the final straw for Martin, who reportedly has been harassed and bullied since being drafted.

Though he has denied wrongdoing and was called “buddy” by Martin over text, Dolphins lineman Richie Incognito has been fingered as the primary tormenter of Martin. Not only did ESPN point to Incognito as the main bully, but so has CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora.

Here’s what La Canfora reported:

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Jonathan Martin reportedly told Richie Incognito over text message that locker room and football culture got to him

Jonathan MartinThough Richie Incognito reportedly is being examined by the NFLPA for his alleged bullying of Miami Dolphins teammate Jonathan Martin, the two apparently are on a good enough basis where they’re texting with each other.

NFL Network reporter Jeff Darlington says Martin on Friday sent text messages back to Incognito, who reached out to find out how his fellow lineman was doing.

Despite Incognito being accused of tormenting Martin, Martin called Incognito “buddy” in a text.

“How u doing buddy?” Martin replied to Incognito, according to Darlington.

Martin also told Incognito he was doing good and explained some of what bothered him.

“Yeah, I’m good man. It’s insane bro but just know I don’t blame you guys at all it’s just the culture around football and the locker room got to me a little.”

That seems like somewhat of a mixed message to me. If Martin admits the locker room and culture around football got to him a little, then wouldn’t that include at least to some extent the behavior of those who are in the locker room and part of the culture of the team?

I also don’t necessarily take Martin’s “buddy” response and conversation with Incognito to necessarily mean that the two are on great terms. Incognito is a veteran leader and representative of the team. Maybe Martin felt it was best to keep matters on a good basis for the time being to avoid being further ostracized by his teammates.

Richie Incognito said to be one of Jonathan Martin’s main tormenters

Richie Incognito DolphinsThe NFLPA is looking into Jonathan Martin’s situation with the Miami Dolphins and has investigated claims that the former second-round draft pick out of Stanford is being bullied. One report says the NFLPA is examining Dolphins guard Richie Incognito for his alleged treatment of Martin.

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Incognito has been identified as one of the prominent offenders in the alleged bullying of Martin. One Dolphins official reportedly was surprised by the allegation and said Incognito has been a “model citizen” with the team.

[Previously: Jonathan Martin reportedly called ‘Big Weirdo,’ bullied by teammates]

Incognito joined the Dolphins in 2010 and has played in all but one game since signing with the team. Incognito has a reputation for being one of the dirtiest players in the league, but he is respected within the franchise. Armando Salguero reports that Incognito and lineman Mike Pouncey are two of the players on the team’s “leadership council.”

Incognito hurt his neck in Thursday’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Martin has been away from the team since leaving the facility following a cafeteria prank on Monday. His goal reportedly is to return to the team.

In addition to the bullying, Martin could be upset with the organization as a whole. A week prior to the cafeteria incident, the Dolphins acquired Bryant McKinnie to replace Martin at left tackle. They planned to shift the youngster to the right side. That aspect of the situation should not be overlooked.

Also see: Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito had text message conversation

Antonio Smith ripped off Richie Incognito’s helmet, hit him with it (Video)

Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith could be facing a suspension from the league after ripping off Richie Incognito’s helmet during a preseason game on Saturday and hitting the Miami Dolphins lineman in the head with it.

Antonio Smith Richie IncognitoA video obtained by FOX NFL reporter Jay Glazer shown on the premier of “FOX Football Daily” Monday showed Smith and Incognito going head-to-head on a play. Smith got frustrated while rushing the passer — possibly because of Incognito’s hands to the face — and he ripped off Incognito’s helmet and hit the lineman in the chin with it.

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin sent the video to the league for review.

NFL officials/rules guru Mike Pereira believes the league could suspend Smith because he committed a “non-football act.”

Smith and Incognito have a history. Last year, Smith accused Incognito of playing dirty in their September game. Smith was fined $21,000 last year for kicking Incognito while he was on the ground. He had the fine reduced to $11,000 on appeal.

Video via James Palmer

Antonio Smith upset refs let Richie Incognito play dirty

The Texans beat the Dolphins 30-10 on Sunday, but not everyone was happy after the win.

Not only did Houston start off slowly before pulling away, but defensive lineman Antonio Smith was not happy with the referees for allowing Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito to play dirty.

Incognito has a reputation for being the dirtiest player in the league, so the charge was not surprising.

“A dirty player being let to play dirty … Ricky Incognito,” Smith said, likely getting his first name wrong on purpose, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Nick Mathews. “Everything that’s illegal that can be done on the football field he does it, but mainly he was hitting people after the play, sliding down on your leg grabbing your ankle and trying to twist to break your ankle and he was doing it right in front of the referees and he was still in the game.”

Smith was upset the referees didn’t address the dirty play.

“It’s the referees’ job to stop him from doing it because everything that I would do to stop him I would get a penalty for,” he said.

Well, Antonio, they are replacement refs. You expect them to do their homework and know to look out for Ricky err Richie’s shenanigans? Maybe the refs will be on him next week. Smith meanwhile was actually credited with half a sack in the win.

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